Hello everyone, 

We are back for another week with the lockdown sightings blog. Although we are slowly starting to ease out of lockdown, obviously the covid-19 situation is still ongoing, so we do recommend that if you are visiting the reserve you adhere to social distancing recommendations. Do keep others in mind, don't crowd together, and please allow others to gain access to the best viewpoints. The visitor centre (including toilets) and hides remain closed for now.

We are in a nice crossover period now between spring and summer. The summer migrants are well and truly here and working hard, creating nests and raising their chicks. We have seen an increase in invertebrates, including butterflies, with an abundance of brimstone and a new first reserve recording; this week we had a dingy skipper recorded for the first time at Frampton Marsh. We also have some beautiful rarities hanging around, including the cuckoo and turtle dove, both which are listed with a red conservation status, so their presence is important. The reserve is looking magical at the moment, with water levels up and the vegetation flourishing, it is a haven for wildlife and those of us who visit. Just look at this photo of south scrape below! Now for the information you came for, find below the most recent sightings, between 23 – 29 May, enjoy!

 

photo: Anthony Bentley

Saturday 23

Garganey – 1 male

Red kite – 2

Curlew sandpiper – 2

Little stint – 1

Temminck’s stint – 1

 

Sunday 24

Turtle dove – 1

Sanderling – 18

Temminck’s stint – 2

Little gull – 1

Curlew sandpiper – 5

Monday 25

Dingy skipper – 1 First record for the reserve

Garganey – 2 males

Temminck’s stint – 2

Cuckoo – 1

Greenshank – 3

Curlew sandpiper – 4

Bar-tailed godwit – 100

Egyptian goose – 1

 

Tuesday 26

Garganey – 1 male

Sanderling – 6

Mediterranean gull – 2

Curlew sandpiper – 2

Little gull – 2

 

Wednesday 27 

Spoonbill – 1

Little stint – 1

Curlew sandpiper – 2

Little gull – 1

 

Thursday 28

Temminck’s stint – 1

Little gull – 2

Little stint – 1

Garganey – 1

Curlew sandpiper – 1

Friday 29

Greenshank – 3

Little gull - 2

 Thanks!

Anonymous